56 days in France Itinerary

56 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vezelay
— 1 day
Drive
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Bourges
Train
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 1 night
Drive
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Toulouse
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Bonifacio
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Porto-Vecchio
— 1 night
Drive
9
Ajaccio
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Calvi
— 2 nights
Fly
11
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
12
Cannes
— 1 night
Drive
13
Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon
— 1 night
Drive
15
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nimes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Annecy
— 1 night
Drive
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Strasbourg
— 2 nights
Train
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Reims
— 1 night
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Lille
— 1 night
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Calais
— 1 night
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Le Havre
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Brest
— 2 nights
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Nantes
— 2 nights
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Tours
— 2 nights
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30
Orleans
— 1 night
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Paris — 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Eiffel Tower, Disneyland Paris, and other attractions you added. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ile Saint-Louis and Jardin des Tuileries.

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Newark, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to Paris due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Newark in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 79°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vezelay.
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Vezelay — 1 day

Vézelay is a commune in the Yonne department in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in north-central France. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Hilaire, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bazoches, then see the interesting displays at la maison Jules-Roy, and finally admire the striking features of Basilique Sainte Madeleine.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Vezelay online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Vezelay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bourges.
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Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:

Bourges

Gem of the Lorraine Valley

For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bourges holiday website.

Getting from Vezelay to Bourges by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In July, daytime highs in Bourges are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. You'll set off for Bordeaux on the 13th (Sat).
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Bordeaux — 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
You've now added La Grande Dune du Pilat to your itinerary. On the 14th (Sun), don't miss a visit to La Grande Dune du Pilat, steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Blaye, then pause for some serene contemplation at Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Aquitaine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Parc de la Coccinelle, then contemplate the long history of La ville d'Hiver, and then cool off at Aqua Park.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip planner.

You can take a train from Bourges to Bordeaux in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.
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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil — 1 night

Prehistoric Capital

Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
You've now added Gate Towers to your itinerary. On the 16th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Gate Towers, learn more about the world around you at Pole d'interpretation de la Prehistoire, examine the collection at Abri Pataud, then contemplate the long history of Grotte du Grand Roc, then explore the fascinating underground world of Les Combarelles, and finally Head underground at Grotte de Bernifal.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil vacation maker.

Drive from Bordeaux to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Toulouse.
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Toulouse — 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cité de Carcassonne, La Cite Medievale and Cathar Castles. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, get to know the fascinating history of La Cite Medievale, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then make a splash at Parc Aquaviva, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Etienne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Fondation Bemberg, contemplate the long history of Espace EDF Bazacle, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Saint-Raymond, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ailes Anciennes Toulouse.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Toulouse trip builder website.

You can drive from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Toulouse in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can fly to Bonifacio.
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Bonifacio — 2 nights

At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stroll around Reserve Naturelle des Bouches de Bonifacio, explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Croix, then make a trip to Phare de Pertusato, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Saint-Antoine Bonifacio. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Plage du Grand Sperone, enjoy the sand and surf at Piantarella Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte Marie Majeure.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bonifacio trip maker site.

Fly from Toulouse to Bonifacio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Porto-Vecchio.
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Porto-Vecchio — 1 night

Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. On the 21st (Sun), delve into the distant past at Site prehistorique de Castellu d'Araggio, then get great views at Castellu d'Arraggio (Ruines Mégalithiques), then kick back and relax at Plage de Tarco, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint Jean Baptiste.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto-Vecchio trip planner.

You can drive from Bonifacio to Porto-Vecchio in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. July in Porto-Vecchio sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Ajaccio.
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Ajaccio — 2 nights

With a dreamy location on the west coast of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, Ajaccio is a mecca of seaside summer tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then trek along Sentier des Cretes, then kick back and relax at Plage de Marinella, and finally kick back and relax at Plage Saint-Francois. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Maison Bonaparte, take an in-depth tour of Naporama, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Erasme, then kick back and relax at Agosta Beach, then stop by U Cintu, and finally kick back and relax at Plage de la viva.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ajaccio online journey planner.

Getting from Porto-Vecchio to Ajaccio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Ajaccio are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Calvi.
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Calvi — 2 nights

Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through Plage de Calvi, then steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Calvi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral St. Jean Baptiste. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Pointe De La Revellata, enjoy the sea views from La Revellata, take in the dramatic natural features at Punta Spano, then don't miss a visit to Arinella and Algaio Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Blaise.

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Getting from Ajaccio to Calvi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Calvi can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can fly to Nice.
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Nice — 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
You've added Port de Fontvieille, Jardin Exotique de Monaco, Vieux Monaco, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visit Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Eglise for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Sentier du Littoral and The Church of Èze. Step out of Nice with an excursion to Mala Beach Coastal Path in Cap d'Ail--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Cap Ferrat Diving, get to know the fascinating history of Old Harbor (La Darse), take a memorable drive along La Pointe de Saint Hospice, and take in the dramatic natural features at Tete de Chien.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Calvi to Nice by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Nice sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.
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Cannes — 1 night

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
On the 29th (Mon), wander the streets of Le Suquet, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, then take a leisurely stroll along Vieux Port, and finally don't miss a visit to La Croisette.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cannes road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Nice to Cannes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 65°F in Cannes. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez — 2 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Le musée de l’Annonciade, take in the waterfront activity at St. Tropez Harbor, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez, and finally get engrossed in the history at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Tahiti Plage, identify plant and animal life at Pointe des Sardinaux, take a memorable tour with Tours, then get outside with Eco Gliss, and finally learn about all things military at Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema.

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You can drive from Cannes to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Cannes in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Saint-Tropez: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon.
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Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon — 1 night

On the 1st (Thu), surround yourself with nature on Aquattitude, then see the sky in a new way at Observatoire Astronomique de Bauduen, and then go for a stroll along the water at Le Petit Port.

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Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Parc National des Calanques. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne, stroll through Palais du Pharo, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Foreign Legion, and finally cruise along Calanque de Port-Miou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): get a dose of the wild on EVTT Provence, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Marseille road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nimes.
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Nimes — 2 nights

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
You've added Palais des Papes, Pont du Gard, Viaduc de Millau, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 4th (Sun), snap pictures at Viaduc de Millau, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, make a trip to Pont du Gard, then don't miss a visit to Street of Dyers (Rue de Teinturiers), and finally hike along Parcours de L'Art. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree, admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, then examine the collection at Les Trains du Colorado, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Carbonniere, and finally identify plant and animal life at Centre de Decouverte du Scamandre.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nimes trip maker tool.

Drive from Marseille to Nimes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Nimes, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 6th (Tue), head outdoors with Piscine Et Centre Sportif Richard-Bozon, then get great views at Brevent Cable Car, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier des Bossons, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void. Here are some ideas for day two: laugh and play at Domaine des Planards, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chamonix Cemetery, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then get outside with Compagnie du Mont Blanc, and finally hike along Grand Balcon Nord : Plan de l'Aiguille du Midi - Montenvers.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chamonix holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Nimes to Chamonix takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Annecy.
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Annecy — 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): visit YAKAPEDALER, take in the views from Pont Perriere, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Francois, then step off the mainland to explore Ile des Cygnes, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at Annecy Lake Safari.

To find out how to plan a trip to Annecy, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Chamonix to Annecy by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Lyon.
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Lyon — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, then get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, then examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon, see the interesting displays at Institut & Musee Lumiere, then explore the engaging exhibits at Centre D'histoire De La Resistance Et De La Deportation, and finally don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

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You can drive from Annecy to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg — 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
You've added Little Venice, Old Town, Base Nautique Colmar-Hussein, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 11th (Sun), examine the collection at Parc Attractions Haut Rhin, contemplate the waterfront views at Base Nautique Colmar-Hussein, make a trip to Old Town, admire the striking features of La Neustadt, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Paul, and finally make a trip to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Temple du Donon, stop by Alsace Factory, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Georges, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Foy, then examine the collection at La Maison du Pain, and finally contemplate the long history of Le Puits a Six Seaux.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Strasbourg driving holiday planner.

Fly from Lyon to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Reims.
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Reims — 1 night

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
You've now added Basilique Saint-Urbain to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Urbain, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, admire the local landmark of Fontaine Sube, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Remy, and finally paddle through the water with Maison du Canoe - Comite Aube.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Reims holiday maker tool.

You can take a train from Strasbourg to Reims in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Strasbourg in August, with highs in Reims at 74°F and lows at 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lille.
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Lille — 1 night

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Musee d'Histoire Naturelle de Lille, then walk around Parc du Heron, then examine the collection at Le Musee de Plein Air, and finally examine the collection at Forum departemental des Sciences.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lille trip site.

Drive from Reims to Lille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Calais.
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Calais — 1 night

Gate to the North

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Phare de Calais, contemplate the long history of Tour du Guet, explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Calais, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Tudor.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Calais day trip planning app.

You can drive from Lille to Calais in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lille in August: highs in Calais hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Le Havre.
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Find places to stay Aug 15 — 16:

Le Havre — 2 nights

Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cote Sainte-Catherine, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Historial Jeanne d’Arc, and other attractions. On the 16th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval, take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc, make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then kick back and relax at Les Plages Etretat, then explore the striking landscape at Falaises d'Etretat, and finally kick back and relax at Plage de Trouville. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Joseph, grab your bike and head to La Plage du Havre, see what you can catch with Navigation Normande - Le Havre, then explore the world behind art at Musee Maison de L'Armateur, and finally examine the collection at Appartement Temoin.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Le Havre trip app.

You can drive from Calais to Le Havre in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Le Havre can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Normandy American Cemetery, Bayeux War Cemetery and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, walk around Jardin Public de Bayeux, witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, cruise along Les Falaises d'Arromanches, relax in the rural setting at Ferme de la Haizerie, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

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Getting from Le Havre to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Your day by day itinerary now includes Mont Saint-Michel as well as Longchamps Beach. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): make a trip to Grand Degre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Longchamps Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, then don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally make a trip to Tour Boucle.

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Getting from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Brest.
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Brest — 2 nights

Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. Your day by day itinerary now includes Ploumanac'h LIghthouse as well as Phare Saint-Mathieu. On the 21st (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Phare Saint-Mathieu, enjoy the sea views from Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then admire the verdant scenery at Vallon du stang Alar, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Daoulas, and finally steep yourself in history at Les 7 calvaires monumentaux de Bretagne. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Le Phare du Petit Minou, enjoy the sea views from Plage du Petit Minou, then get outside with Menhir de Kerloas, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Kergroadez, and finally steep yourself in history at Tour de la Motte Tanguy.

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Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Brest in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Nantes.
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Nantes — 2 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Plage de la Mine d'Or as well as Carnac stones. On the 23rd (Fri), take an unorthodox tour of Carnac stones, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Mine d'Or, examine the collection at Musee de l'Imprimerie, get a new perspective on nature at Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes, then examine the collection at Le Maille-Breze, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Birochere, hike along Sentier des Douaniers, then delve into the distant past at Dolmen de la Joseliere, and finally stroll through Plage de la Boutinardiere.

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Drive from Brest to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Brest, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nantes, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Tours.
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Tours — 2 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Chateau de Chenonceau has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St-Etienne, walk around Gadawi Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Des Bretonnieres, then appreciate the history behind Basilique Saint-Julien, and finally examine the collection at Musee du Compagnonnage. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts Tours, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Balzac - Chateau de Sache, then contemplate the long history of La Vallee Troglodytique des Goupillieres, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

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Drive from Nantes to Tours in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Tours can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Orleans.
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Orleans — 1 night

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): don't miss a visit to La Collegiale Saint-Liphard, take an in-depth tour of Musee Memorial des enfants du Vel d'Hiv, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse de Saint Paterne, and finally steep yourself in history at Hotel Groslot.

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Getting from Tours to Orleans by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August in Orleans, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paris.
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Paris — 5 nights

City of Light

Your list of things to see and do now includes Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Eiffel Tower, Disneyland Paris, and other attractions. Kids will enjoy Arc de Triomphe and The Trianons & The Hamlet. Step out of the city life by going to Île de la Cité and Paris Plage. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Le Petit Trianon, &more). See even more of Paris: explore the world behind art at Petit Palais, steep yourself in history at Chateau of Vincennes, examine the collection at Atelier des Lumieres, and pause for some photo ops at Pantheon.

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Traveling by car from Orleans to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Mon).
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France travel guide

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France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Dordogne travel guide

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Because this region has escaped overdevelopment, Dordogne is one of France's best kept secrets with historical châteaux, medieval fortresses, prehistoric cave paintings, and Roman remains sprinkled throughout. Legendary stone villages with golden stone houses make this region seem a little like a cross between a fairy tale and a movie set. Canoeing down the River Dordogne is a fantastic way to tour the region, and there are many areas where you can walk, hike, and do your sightseeing on foot. This region, which roughly corresponds with the ancient county of Périgord, remains quite rural and known for its wonderful pâtés.
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Corsica travel guide

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The island paradise of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea is a mosaic of diverse landscapes from comfortable sandy beaches and steep, narrow paved streets to inhospitable mountains rising up from the pasture. Ideal for a beach vacation, Corsica offers adventures on and off the sand, including scuba diving, sailing, and hiking. Enjoy a rugged mountain adventure by sightseeing along the famous Grande Randonnée (GR) 20 path. For an intense view of the island and the jagged coastline from the water, rent a boat to travel around the island or charter a cruise.
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